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Michael Gove Says He Would Quit EU If A Vote Were Held Tomorrow

Education Secretary Michael Gove says he would vote to quit the European Union if a referendum was held tomorrow.<p>Gove said life outside the EU would …

The 10 Worst Mothers In Books

Jennifer Gilmore's The Mothers is a 10-year chronicle of Jesse, a wife and daughter who desperately wants a baby of her own. Through her sharp portrayal of Jesse, by turns angry, panicked, and funny, Gilmore has crafted a fine familial tale. Going against the grain this Mother's Day, we asked …

The 'Curious' Story Of Robert 'Believe It Or Not!' Ripley

Before there was YouTube or <i>Mythbusters</i> or <i>The Amazing Race</i>, there was Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley.<p>Ripley's pioneering mix of the strange, the shocking and the barely believable grabbed Americans' attention and grew his newspaper cartoon into a media empire.<p>Neal Thompson's new biography, <i>A</i> …

We are all addicts now

Even cupcakes and iPhones control us — social and technological advances stimulate desires and foster addiction<p>The 21st century cupcake is a thing of wonder: a modest base of sponge groaning under an indulgently thick layer of frosted sugar or buttercream. It’s made to look like a miniature …

How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The …

Ghosts in the Machine: the tiny people who live inside your computers

Mark Crummett sez, "For several years now, I've been working on a series of photos featuring miniature figures living and working in our computers …

Make your old iPhone run like new

Want to rejuvenate a sluggish iPhone 4? Here are some easy tips.<p>My friend is convinced that the slowing of his iPhone 4S is part of a vast Apple conspiracy. I'm not completely persuaded.<p>I mean, sure Apple has sent out updates to iOS that are arguably a step in the wrong direction, like that whole …

iOS

Why Tesla’s rally may have a short fuse

2013-05-10T15:55:45.000Z<p>Tesla stock seems to be flying on a SpaceX shuttle mission to Mars at the moment:<p>Thursday’s earnings beat, which saw the …

Mexico economy: storm clouds gathering?

Mexico on Friday posted its worst monthly industrial production figures since the 2009 recession brought on by the US financial crisis.<p>The figure …

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Camillagate, Sachsgate, Hackgate, Plebgate - as soon as a scandal breaks out, a -gate is added: http://bbc.in/136Tcix But why has the Watergate scandal that brought down US President Richard Nixon become universal shorthand for any dubious behaviour involving public figures? Where does the word come from anyway? Is it a useful tag or just lazy journalese?

A heart to my key

IN “SKYFALL”, the latest James Bond movie, 007 is given a gun that only he can fire. It works by recognising his palm print, rendering it impotent …

Watch: student ‘downs a pint of beer through her ear’. As the saying goes, don't try this at home: http://bit.ly/17TNGnV

Watch: unimpressed kids try different foods for the first time... in slow motion. Olive girl steals the show: http://bit.ly/15YYbce

Park’s progress

UNTIL she came to Washington, DC, to meet Barack Obama on May 7th and to address both houses of Congress the following day, South Korea’s new leader, …

Q&A: Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman, 39, was born in Norfolk. She studied at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and then played Sophie in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show. She …

British Airways boss says Iberia purchase may have been better delayed

British Airways’ merger with Iberia, the troubled Spanish airline, should perhaps have been delayed, the boss of International Airlines Group has …

Debates

Representing the sides<p>Moderator<p>Adam Smith, Assistant community editor, The Economist<p>Adam Smith is the assistant community editor at <i>The Economist</i>. His …

What a waste

IN THE past 35 years, hundreds of millions of Chinese have found productive, if often exhausting, work in the country’s growing cities. This …

India

Lord Filkin says society is woefully unprepared for ageing population

Trending: Sir Alex Ferguson, the English Premier League’s most enduring manager, announced his retirement on May 8th. The Manchester United boss is not only the most successful in the league’s short history, but the only one to have been in his job since its inception. Our chart compares the number of trophies won by the richest football clubs since the 1992-93 season. View chart http://econ.st/13Gm5ot